Pakistan’s first player Mohammad Rizwan and handyman Shoaib Malik have been declared eligible to play the second semifinal of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup against Australia in Dubai. The duo woke up earlier Wednesday morning with “mild flu and low fever” and missed the team’s training session.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) medical panel on Thursday said wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan and veteran handyman Shoaib Malik are eligible to play the second semifinal of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup against Australia in Dubai.
Rizwan and Malik have been one of the main players in the tournament so far. Rizwan scored a memorable 79 not out against India’s historic rivals. The 29-year-old scored as many points against Namibia and was one of the reasons behind Pakistan’s unbeaten run at the 2021 T20 World Cup.
As for Malik, the 39-year-old played an important role in his team’s victory against New Zealand, patching up a 48-point unbeaten run with Asif Ali (27 *). The veteran all-rounder went on to score the fifty-fastest joint in the ongoing ICC flagship event against Scotland while amassing 54 unbeaten points on just 18 balls. KL Rahul from India also scored a fifty number of 18 balls against the team led by Kyle Coeter.
According to the report, the two players woke up Wednesday morning with “mild flu and low fever” and were first advised to delay training, but were later allowed to let it go.
They were initially asked to delay training, but eventually lost the training altogether. The team is all too worried about his condition and will assess his status on Thursday.
“Both players were tested for COVID-19 and both tested negative,” ESPNCricinfo reported.
“As with the rest of their team, they passed regular COVID-19 tests throughout the tournament, including one a couple of days ago. This is part of the ICC’s policy to encourage teams to test as often as possible, ”he added.
“Pakistan is not overly concerned about its participation in Thursday’s match at the moment and will review its status again in the morning,” the report read.
Rizwan has amassed 214 points in five games with a wonderful average of 71.33 and a strike rate of 127. On the other hand, Malik has scored 99 points in as many games with an average of 99 and a strike rate of 186.79 as he mainly beat in slog overs.
In the event that both players lose, Pakistan has substitutes ready for them. Former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed can keep the wickets, while Haider Ali can be replaced as a mid-level hitter, meaning Fakhar Zaman may be asked to open innings alongside Babar Azam.